Andritz woodprocessing plant forIlim Group, Russia
GRAZ, AUSTRIA-BASEDAndritz is to supply awood processing plantwith two debarking and chipping lines, chip and bark handling equipment, and aSmartWoodyard advanced control system to the Ilim Group’sKoryazhma mill in theArkhangelsk region, Russia.Start-up is scheduled for mid-2021.
The new woodyard will replace existing woodroom andchip storage facilities whichhave a pneumatic conveyingsystem. Andritz says the technology will substantially reduce emissions and operatingcosts, resulting in environmentally-friendly, high-quality chipproduction and considerablesavings in raw material.
The scope of supply includes new debarking andchipping lines with: a uniquede-icing process for logs in thedebarking drums; a horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper; twoHQ-Press bark presses; chip-and bark-handling equipment,including chip storage; aSmartWoodyard advanced control system, including DecisionSupport Wall (DSW) andprocess optimization systemwith smart sensors like WoodScan, BarkScan, ChipperEKG,CrusherEKG, and ScanChipwood chip analyzer.
The Ilim Group leads theRussian pulp and paper industry in terms of market share,production, and investment.International Paper is a strategic partner of the Group. Overthe past few years, Ilim has invested $US3.2B in the development of its own enterprises,which is unprecedented for theRussian pulp and paper market. In the next five years, thecompany plans to invest another $US3.6B to modernizefacilities and launch new capacities.
The investment programwill allow the group to increasethe volume of production by1Mt. As a result, the Groupwill produce 4.4 Mt/y of finalproducts by 2023. In 2018, thecompany produced 3.4 Mt.
Ilim’s production facilitiesare in the Arkhangelsk,Irkutsk, Leningrad andMoscow regions. It exports itsproducts to over 70 countrieswith its markets being Asiancountries especially China,with 40% of the exports.